On Being GRATEFUL

2015 Update

As we approach another Thanksgiving celebration in the United States of America, it is imperative we call to mind that for which we can be grateful. Not only in our individual personal lives, but as Americans in the midst of the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Although this is an integral political process for us every four years, there is an especially serious burden upon us in this particular coming election. Never before have we felt such urgency to be focused, informed and active. This world that we share with billions of people is in utter turmoil. We haven't the luxury to be unconcerned nor disconnected from any part of this. It is our country, our world and our continued existence at stake.

This year, as we look at the past, at this moment and into our future, we need to look with clear heads, open minds and a sense of urgency to proceed as a determined and united force. As we bow our heads together in thanksgiving for our daily bread, we have no choice but to ask for wisdom and the strength to be the light that will pave the path to Peace throughout the world....and the "Good" of all mankind.

2016 Update: Incredibly, another year has passed~much too quickly this time~almost like a fierce wind storm blown though our lives. The election over. We have a President Elect. For the sake of my many friends and loved ones who have taken the results this year, harder than past years, I've chosen to reserve further comment and get on with our Thanksgiving thoughts.....So my friends....

Search your Soul & Share your Heart

Treasure true friendship.....and be grateful
Treasure true friendship.....and be grateful
Big brother Dominic, holds the precious gift of new baby brother, Joseph.
Big brother Dominic, holds the precious gift of new baby brother, Joseph. | Source

Smile each Day, and let Gratitude Prevail....

A lavish feast will grace the family dinner table for most of us on Thanksgiving Day. We will sit round this table, join hands and bow our heads in silent contemplation. We feel deeply grateful for good health, loving family and friends......perhaps a significant achievement or the strength in surviving a crisis. For all the reasons we may be grateful on this day, the love and concern for each other that brings us together is celebrated with true humility and a sense of peace.

The warmth of smiles and conversation renew our bonds with a promise of trust in one another. It's a special time. These are moments we treasure. Each year we look forward to this day to be mindful of the gifts received throughout the year.

Although it can seem unlikely to us, we hear of individuals not at all grateful but instead bitter and dissatisfied with their life. We cross paths daily with some of these pathetic souls. The pessimist, envious, and chronic complainer. For these individuals, nothing is ever enough....not good enough, important enough or big enough. It can be difficult to accept that they simply cannot appreciate the beauty,goodness and miracles of life which are what truly matter. So bless their misguided hearts and wish them well. In a strange sort of way, we can be thankful that there are those who teach us valuable lessons.. They are a continual reminder to us that we must focus on the positive and spread good will.

Not for just one day

It should not happen that we remember to express our appreciation for what we have, merely once a year. The festivities of Thanksgiving Day is an American tradition, first celebrated by the Pilgrims and the American Indian many years ago. They came together in peace and friendship to enjoy the fruits of their labors. They were compelled to praise the gods for the foods that sustained them, as well as the common bonds that united them.

Now today, in this generation, despite the economic turmoil, the ravishes of mother nature's devastating storms and floods, we have stood tall. Throngs of fellow-Americans who were suffering and placed in danger were offered help and support, food and shelter. More importantly they felt the love, kindness and genuine concern from those who came to their aid. They were lifted up by generosity and acts of kindness to assure they would not be deserted in their time of desperate need. For all that they lost, they found faith in their own strengths through the power of unity. They will embrace gratitude of the deepest kind for those who ran to rescue when they reached out their hands.

Yes, believe it. There is always something to cling to.

In the best of times and worst of times, we can find both joy and solace in every instance. What brings us happiness is welcomed and what trials do not kill us, make us stronger. Love is found and sometimes lost but always leaves it's shadow with us. It's traces never leave us but taunt us to reach out to love once again. For without love, what is life?

There's always something to be thankful for....always something to move us forward. These are the gifts for which we are grateful. This is what we share with one another.

Inspire the man who feels he has nothing to give, for surely he must search his heart and know his worth. You are valuable in your own uniqueness, no matter the woes of what you lack. Offer your talents to bring laughter to the saddened and your arms to the child who feels alone. Be thankful for the chance to do these things and feel the pride you have a right to feel.

When all your efforts seem to fail, be grateful you had the strength to try. You're beginning to understand the gist. I see you smiling. I imagine your pleasure at seeing these truths. What is it man wants or what does he need? If he has what he needs, will he still want more?
Whatever the answer, this fact remains clear; when we share what we have, it returns ten-fold. In essence perhaps, yet it could be something beyond what our senses perceive.

Take time if you must, to give thought to your blessings, being careful to recognize all. I see that every day, surrounded by those we hold dear, will be special for you. All things worthwhile are worth struggling for, so do more than just scratch the surface. Dig deep and hard to find all of those gifts. You'll be balancing more than you dreamed. Beginning this year, vow to keep a journal of gifts you are granted and can graciously share with others throughout the year. Do not let them slip your mind...but keep your blessings in your heart and close at hand. We never know when we may want to pay one forward to the next in line to receive.

Wishes to You and Yours, for a Wonderful Day

Accept this gift of Inspiration to decorate your life with the love of treasured friends and family and precious memories that will live forever..... and give heartfelt thanks for every moment.......

Please do not wake to find you have lost what you did not treasure while in your midst. Hold closely and lovingly for as long as you're able.....give freely, accept graciously and laugh heartily! These are the precious gifts of life....ours exclusively for the taking.

Hold tight to all you are....be generous with all you possess .

My Love and Best Wishes to each and every one of you on this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year. Paula

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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Peg....You have summed it up beautifully, my dear friend. Oh, to go through our comments and come upon the wisdom and sweetness of our "Tillie".....is so bittersweet. I wish you and yours a special Thanksgiving Day.......Paula


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PegCole17 3 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

As I scrolled through the comments on this fabulous hub, I realize just how much there is to be grateful for. Our mutual friend, Mary - Tillsontitan, visited a couple of times and left a classic message for us to bear in mind. This is the perfect time of the year to count our blessings.


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Your positive vibes are an inspiration, ps. Surely all you give to others, comes back to you ten fold. The world is better because of people like you.


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pstraubie48 3 weeks ago from sunny Florida

How blessed we are .....so so so very much for which to thankful each and every day...the song of gratitude...I am thankful ....yes mam...I will sing it as I go about what needs to be done today....

have a blessed day

Angels are on the way to you ps


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Audrey.....Nice to see you. Glad my hub was timely for you! Have a Nice Thanksgiving with family & friends......Peace, Paula


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AudreyHowitt 3 weeks ago from California

I try to find gratitude everyday, even when things are tough--this feels so timely for me today!


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You said it GF!!! Happy Thanks giving. Monday we start the diet! and not a minute before!!


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Sunshine625 12 months ago from Orlando, FL

This is a hub that just keeps on giving since we are grateful 365 days a year! Happy Thanksgiving 2015.


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Awww GF...You have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your Chickies & other loved ones!.....Wish I could be there. Big hugs, effer


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Sunshine625 12 months ago from Orlando, FL

Once again I stop by to tell you how extremely grateful I am for YOU! :)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tillie......With friends like you, how can I help but be GRATEFUL?! The Holidays are creeping upon us....may they be peaceful and full of love for each and every life on Earth.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York

Amen GF! A return to this hub, updated or not, is a good reminder of all the things we need to be thankful for. Just getting out of bed in the morning should be reason enough. God bless.

Shared and pinned so others can get a little nudge.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

sweet......Hello, nice to meet you. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment. WE all have a bad day now and then. This is just the way it goes. However, we all can also choose to turn things around and the best way to start that process is by focusing on what we can be grateful for. Peace, Paula


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sweetpikez 2 years ago

Dear fpherj48,

I enjoy reading your hub. I certainly agree with all the things you have in here.

No matter how down we are and feeling hopeless, we still have reason to be thankful. Opening one's eyes each day is big a thing to be thankful for.Every day is a brand new and hopeful day.

Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and beautiful.

Thanks again,

Sweetpikez


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kas......Thank you so much for your beautiful words. It is always refreshing to know that people have discovered the importance of gratitude......most especially in times of trials & tribulation. Wishing you a great week-end. Peace, Paula


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Kasman 2 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Beautiful hub. I can't begin to tell you the amazing journey I've had in learning thankfulness. God has done so much in my life to show me and remind me to be thankful each and every day. Without the Lord's help, I'd be a very bitter man because of things I've gone through in this short span of time. Voted up. Shared.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Carol.....We all experience sadness now and then. It's part of the human condition. Sometimes it's not even necessary to fight it. There's a reason why we feel this way and often it needs to run it's course.....(almost like a cold......no matter how hard we try to mask the symptoms, the cold leaves our system in it's own time)

Of course you can soothe yourself by being conscious of all the beauty around you and the blessings you have received. Positive thoughts and doing whatever makes us momentarily happy & peaceful is what we should try to chase away the blues.

Sending you hugs and friendly thoughts Carol.....You are a lovable woman with much to be thankful for and "tomorrow" will be brighter.

A comfortable night's sleep can work wonders......Peace, Paula


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carol7777 2 years ago from Arizona

I just came across this older hub. And I have been feeling sad today about several things. I know i need to pick myself up and appreciate all the good that is in my life


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

and I am thankful for you and your friendship, Wishing you & yours and all of our Hub Community a wonderful, peaceful day of sharing gratitude with family & friends......and pigging out!!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm thankful for my Effer! Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Journey.....I am pleased you stopped by to read my hub. Thank you for commenting.. Stop by anytime......Peace, Paula


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Journey * 2 years ago from USA

Thanks for taking the time to write about the important topic of gratitude & sharing your insight with us. Voted useful!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I know you know, oh heck we all know you'll be back in time :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I know......believe me, I'm well aware of my truancy...my delinquency....laziness.....I'm a bad girl.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'd be grateful if Effer graced us with another hub some time soon :))


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Awww.... and so we can see once again that there is always something to be thankful for. Things like new friends and kind words....and compliments that make us smile.

Thanks, Michael.


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Michael Kismet 2 years ago from Northern California

I had to read this one twice, so I can really cash in on the emotional content of the article. A beautifully written post Paula, your optimism and positivity is compellingly infectious!

MK


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

manatita.......And I am thankful you took the time to read my hub and to comment. It is nice to meet you.......( I see you hit the POST button twice...not to worry, I deleted one) LOL......Wishing you Peace, Health and Happiness always......


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Gratitude. A deep meaningful, beautiful and powerful word. Thanks a million!!!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Victoria.......Thank you so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment. Just reading your BIO and scrolling your Titles, tells me I will be visiting your site very soon! You have written on some topics of interest to me. Wishing you a great Holiday.


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My Mind Speaks 2 years ago from Long Island N.Y

Beautiful hub from a beautiful soul!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Linda Sue &

Suzette

What a wonderful surprise! A visit from 2 Exquisite Ladies! Nice Christmas present, girls! Thanks.

Wishing you & yours the Best of EVERYTHING, this Holiday Season and always!..........Love, Effer


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful words and sentiments for this holiday season and for always. Your words are truly inspiring and we all have something to be grateful for. I'm with Sunshine ...I'm grateful for Effer! Thanks so much for your wonderful words.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Pssst...I'm grateful for Effer! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Pssst...got 'em! Backatya!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Pssst.......See me sending you HUGS!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Pssst...See comment above ^^^


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I am grateful for so much. Each day I discover something new to be thankful for. Most of all I'm thankful for YOU!!!!

(4/10) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EFFER!!!! And many more :))


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Great Prescription, Dr. Sunshine. And let's remember washing down that capsule of Happiness with morning coffee (or whatever liquid it is, that revs your engine).....It's just a tiny capsule, but powerful as hell.

The list of ingredients is outrageous: Love, inner peace, beautiful babies, music, nature, friends, family, neighbors and MEMORIES.

Prescriptions aren't always easy to follow and at times we can even forget....or think,"we don't need it," to feel well. Withdrawal side effects, can be devastating and destructive....Oh My.....anxiety, bitterness, depression, anger, selfishness and the worst of all....despair.

Thank you, gf...you always manage to know exactly what to do and say. We can all find the benefit in a dose of Sunshine......My Love to you and all Hubbers and Hubettes......I miss you, more than I can say!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

How to Have a Good Day:

1- Wake Up

2- Be Grateful

Repeat as needed....


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ed....I AM a neighbor...just not close by. Whether we walk, drive, take a bus or a plane, to visit one another......The Universe is just one mammoth neighborhood!..........Look, we met on the streets of HubVille!!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Effer , and you ARE one of the positive ones ! Aren't you !Wish you were a Nieghbor !........Ed


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks so much, Rock....I appreciate your kind comment. You are totally correct. The older I get, the more I simply ignore most everything "negative."......There's nothing helpful about it, at all!


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Rock_nj 4 years ago from New Jersey

This is truly a beautiful Hub! I agree, there is so much to be grateful for in life. It is a waste of time and energy to get caught up in negativity. Thanks for this inspirational Hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Midget

Deborah

Wesmans

LOOK at who came to visit and comment.....The THREE Amigos?? LOL So good to see you all. I'm glad you enjoyed and agreed that YES, there is always something to be thankful for.

Even ornery, grumpy guys like Wes can be made to smile, if you give him a meal and a gift!!

Men......they're all alike, right, girls?? LOL..............Peace.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Ya philosophical ray of sunshine you :)

Yeah I like Thanksgiving, and I like Christmas too.

I'm very thankful for the cool family I have....but the atrocities against the Natives are always just "there," and so is the absolute paganism associated with Christmas...which never had a solitary thing to do with Jesus Christ.

But I'm thankful for the family gatherings...and I'm thankful for the seasonal food...and heck, folks even buy me gifts.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I agree There is always something to be thank you for.. for wonderful hubs and hubbers like you..

Many blessings to you

Merry Christmas

Sharing and pinning

Debbie


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Docmo and Ruchira......What are the chances of hearing from 2 of my "favorite" people, at the same time? If there are 2 individuals in this world who know and understand the importance of love and compassion....brother/sisterhood and generosity it is YOU!

I too, am incredibly grateful for having been given the opportunity to come in contact with some of the most wonderful people in this world!

Thank you for the visit.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful hub, Paula

I am thankful for HP and am grateful to my destiny for having come across many beautiful people like you. I guess our karma's made us cross the road at the same time and even though it is virtual...your aura is strong enough to attract me.

Amongst many hurdles in life, we have to be grateful and learn to count our blessings. Voted up and sharing it across!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Paula darling- what a wonderful, warm message for us all. Your thanksgiving tribute is one to remember, nurture and foster. Your heart is a kind and generous one. Beautiful!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

We all know someone who doesn't learn to be grateful for all they have, until they've lost it.....So, this is what we all try to avoid....Thanks Tammy.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful sentiments and a great reminder to be grateful for the things we really take for granted every day. This is a wonderful hub for every day of the year. Bravo!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jan......Wealth of "Love" and wonderful family is the most valuable and necessary wealth of all. Thank you for your visit....I am always happy to see a hub friend.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I did have a nice day.......waddling from the dinner table to the living room couch.....PLOP! Let the Fat begin to do it's thing!!......and don't forget to add on the "left-overs" for 3 days after!! Hope yours was great too, MT!! LOL


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Paula. All of us indeed have a lot to be thankful for, and we need to keep that in mind throughout the year.


Janhorner 4 years ago

What a wonderful inspiration to keep us aware of so many things we should be thankful for. I'm thankful for my lovely family, and the fact I have roof over my head. I also agree there are people who are never thankful for anything, and you have to feel sorry that they are so miserable with their lot! I'm not rich with money but I am rich with the love from my family and that's far more important to me because money is not and never has been my main objective in life! Loved your hub, voted up,

Jan


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

nmdonders......I am happy to hear from you. Please feel free to stop by anytime. The friends we make here at HP can be a wonderful addition to our lives........peace.


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nmdonders 4 years ago

There is always something to be grateful for, you are right! I feel sorry for unhappy people and wish more could see things the way you do. A wonderful hub and a wonderful reminder. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Paula, I 100% agree with this. There is always something to be grateful for and for those who always find that nothing is good enough, that attitude means that one can never truly be happy. I am so glad that we share the same thoughts on the topic!! Sharing this!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

It's been a wonderful, relaxing day......but of course, I ate so much, I have no choice but to relax!! I hope your Thanksgiving is a memorable one! Glad you stopped by!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Pavlo! So glad you stopped by again.....I was able to get a little info from my Uncle about my grandparents. However, I am now determined to try to do some searches and dig up as much as possible.

Apparently, my GREAT grandparents (both sets) left the Ukraine, to escape crazy Hitler, for Galicia, Austria, which is where my grandparents were born. My grandfather, on Dec 4th, 1894.....in the village of Skoryki, State of Zbaraz....Country, Galicia, Austria.........which of course, means nothing to me, until I can see a map........My grandmother on June 13, 1896, Village of Luka, State of Horodenka....same country as my grandfather.......They both came to America, via Ellis Island in 1911, but did not meet until years later (in America).....

What I want now, is the info about their parents who were citizens of the Ukraine.....I recently learned that the best files for tracing ancestry can be found through an official agency run by members of the Mormon Church....so, soon I must visit that site to see what I might find.

Talk to you soon! YES!!! Thanksgiving is a tradition all people should celebrate!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi there and thanks for stopping by on this special day....We've already eaten......I'm surprised I could move far enough to reach the office.......The turkey is no longer stuffed. But we are!.......Have a blessed day.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Paula, what a wonderful gift you offer on this Thanksgiving day! In fact, I am reading your hub on Thanksgiving. What you say is true. If anyone has the capacity to read this, there are a multitude of reasons to give thanks. I wish I had the vintage Rolls Royce of my dreams, but I have a home, a wonderful son, my parents are still with me, I have a brother and a sister, niece, roof over my head, cats to love and I'm making dinner.

We all have reasons to show gratitude. It comes from within, not from without.

Happy Thanksgiving, Paula!


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Paula, thank you for the lovely reminder...thankfulness transforms, and we all have something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

In Ukraine we do not celebrate this day. Alas. I think this is a good tradition which is worth implementing in every society. Interesting hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes you have gf....and I'm EVER so grateful we made the SFAM connection!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Have I mentioned lately that I'm thankful for you? :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Donna Kay....Thank you so much for viting my site and for your kind and genuine words. I am always happy to meet new friends here at HP. Glad that I could inspire and remind you..


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Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

What a beautiful hub. You have reminded us all what we already knew, but can so easily forget--that life is beautiful no matter what.

I've had some pretty serious bouts of bad health in the last year, but that's okay because it makes me really appreciate my good health now. I've also lost some friends to West Nile and cancer. While I truly miss them, I am extremely grateful that I was able to get to know them and love them while they were here on earth. They have made my life richer.

Since joining HP I have met so many inspirational people who have demonstrated to me through their writing that there are still many caring and compassionate people in the world. You all have made my life richer, and this Thursday I will include you in my Thanksgiving prayers.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving.

Voted up: awesome and beautiful.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Cool!! You're a rue Gem, Ms. B..........but I should try to tell you something you don't already know.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm tweeting all thankful and grateful hubs for tonights edition of the Sunshine Times. Some people need to be reminded that there is always something to be thankful for, I'm glad that's not us!:)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Til.....I know we can all learn much by listening to the wisdom of those who are on in years and have seen it all, in their lifetime.....and their devotion to one another is always unrivaled, for they know what truly matters. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, gf. The very best to you and yours....."yours" is a very special family, Til,


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

So much to be thankful for and so much to appreciate in our lives. My 88 year old mother-in-law has stage 4 ovarian cancer and three months ago was given six months to live with beginning alzheimer's, her soon to be 90 year old husband had has a hip replacement and leg amputation...yet to see them together and watch them is to know what love and thanksgiving is. They thank us constantly for all we do and we thank God that they are still with us.

Those who have lost so much in Sandy, have their lives and their resiliency. God help them as they rebuild.

Thank God for you Effer and everyone of our wonderful hubbers! God bless all and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you spy....Happy BD to Ben...and much happiness to you and yours always....


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

nov 22..ben's bday too! :) this is such an inspiring hub. I love it. wish you all the best


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Some say being a pessimist is the way to go so you wont be disappointed. They have a point but some of us will still hitch a ride on the optimism train as its destination is always to sunnier climes.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

And I return the very same to you, teaches..........Thank you.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the inspirational post. There is always something to be thankful for and it brings joy and peace to the soul. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Voted up++


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Great way to describe the day...."it all seems to come together on Thanksgiving Day!! " So true, Sharyn.......Fond wishes right back to you and yours....


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I totally agree that there is always something to be thankful for. I remind myself and others of that all the time. The older I get, Thanksgiving is the most important holiday and family get together for me. I am thankful all year round yet it all kind of comes together on that special Thursday. Thank you for writing this Paula and Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family.

Sharyn


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much, Alastar...and the very same to you and yours. I so appreciate hearing from you.

Just came in from the crisp Autumn air, and felt such a peace, in the dark, still night. I swear the sky was announcing something wonderful. Then I realized it's just this damned optimistic soul of mine. This is what I wish for everyone..........


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

While reading this recalled that a friend is going through a tough spell in their life and work but is still thankful for the good things they do have, be they ever so few at the moment. The power of unity is a very powerful one and should never be overlooked or forgotten. What you have here is a wonderful up lifting hub and reminder of what really and truly is important, very fine Lady Paula, very fine indeed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family my friend!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You may eat the whole pecan pie.......I'm eyeballing the chocolate pie, laden with heavy whipped cream. Oh my God......Good Bye size 10....hello Moo-moo!! Oh look! I split another seam!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Gobble gobble...stuffing rules! Naps are a necessity... Hips, schmips...was that pecan pie I am eyeballing?!

Thanks effer! Seriously, now I need a good turkey dinner so thanks!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vee....YOU are a bright spot and a shining light!! Thanks for the Thanksgiving dinner invitation......I might be late. I have 4 other dinners to go to....that I invited myself to. Hey.....I have experimented. We only need a half hour rest between stuffing oursleves......I don't care what anyone says!!!.......LOL


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Link away!!! My hub is your hub, Maria........

Have a turkey leg for me. NO white meat.....just lots of stuffing and cranberries and squash!!......and then of course, I take a nap so it all goes directly to my hips! .Gobble-gobble. Love & Peace...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Paula,

I know indeed we are soul sisters. I am so grateful to be alive and to know the daily beauty of my family and friends.

With your permission, I would love to link you to this month's perspective piece, coming out soon. Your life philosophy makes you literally priceless to me.

Love this and you too, Maria


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Effer--You and your hubs are such a bright spot! A shining light! You are so right in that there is always something to be thankful for. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving! Hugs!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Glimmer twin......happy that you agree. Sometimes, it's difficult to see through pain and sorrow....to the beauty that will come. But, all things pass in time and although we carry sadness, we can always find a light somewhere!..............


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Nothing says it better than your graphic...there IS always something to be grateful for. What a great hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well you can still "run through the house!!" In fact, you can do whatever you want to do!! I wish you a wonderful day and remember...NO calorie counting at the dinner table......PIG out...Ooops......or should I say, Turkey out!!??


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

True...so true, Jools........It's really not necessary to designate a special day for us to remember to be thankful for all we have. Thank you!! I'm so glad I've become acquainted with MORE of the Hogg clan!!......LOL


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Paula, we don't have thanksgiving or anything like it in the UK but I think it's a holiday we could all do with in our lives, even if its purpose is to make us all look inwards every once in a while and appreciate our lives. I wish you and yours a happy holiday when it comes around:o)


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

Very beautifully written...It made me feel that old Thanksgiving feeling I used to have back when my Mom and older sisters cooked dinner and I ran through the house with the other kids. Voted up++++


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was a very enjoyable read. We have much to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing ...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Right back at ya, drbj....Tom Turkey called.....He's very thankful for the rising number of Vegans!!.....


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, Paula, for reminding me to be thankful for my blessings not only at Thanksgiving but all year 'round. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and all my Hubbuddies.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

And the very same to you and yours, Pamela.....We do all have much to be thankful for.....Like the wonderful people we meet right here!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This hub is beautifully written and so true. Attitude is most of of what makes up grateful, even when things are tough. I love the way you wrote this hub and I wish you and yours a lovely Thanksgiving. Blessings.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

pop......Wishing you and yours a great day and a table spread with good food and surrounded by loved ones and more memories to be grateful for. Diets & worries are banned on this day!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, bill....and as I write, my friend sits at the bedside of her terminally ill husband. If he holds on, she will spend Thanksgiving with him, rather than the rest of her big family, because, as she says......Dave has little time left but much to be thankful for and I want to make sure he leaves this life, knowing how thankful I am for every minute with him.......


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Beautiful and very important words that I thank you for. Up, beautiful and oh so awesome.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Paula, my best friend (other than Bev) has Alzheimer's....he is 52 and deteriorating quickly. Ask him how he is doing and he will tell you that life is good. He spends his days enjoying the time he has left with his family and friends, making the most of his remaining days. Life is good!

There is so much to be thankful for, and I believe that every single person can find something if they are willing.

Thank you for a beautiful reminder.

bill


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kelly

Love Dr

Martie

Babycakes

Dexter

Seeing you all here, is a wonderful way to start my day. Being associated with you, is one of those things that goes on my gratitude list. Each of you, in some special way, just by being who you are, have enriched my life. Did you know you are that valuable? Well, you DO now!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day....and remember that the Turkey is not the only thing that is supposed to be stuffed that day!! "TOMORROW, we DIET."


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Yes, Effer! There is much to be grateful and thankful for if we just take the time to consider. Beautiful, timely hub. Among the things I am grateful for include "meeting" a fantastic person - you!!!


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mjkearn 4 years ago

Hi Paula

Great thought provoking hub. So easy to forget in these tough times what positive things we have in our lives. As in your pic "there is always something to be thankful for".

Voted up and ticked. Great job.

MJ.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Happy Thanksgiving, Paula. I am so-so-so grateful to have you as an online friend and to have the opportunity to know your positive thoughts :)

This is an excellent, thought-provoking hub, voted up to the stars :)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

A beautiful message in this hub. Thanksgiving Day is definitely a time to reflect and give thanks for all our blessings. A simple prayer before the meal expressing our gratitude and for those unfortunate people in the world.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Paula! I am so glad I caught this...I can't believe how soon Thanksgiving Day is coming. I was just in NYC so that really gave me things to realize I am so very grateful for.

I hope you have a fabulous holiday!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

So true Carol....what matters to us as terribly important, may be nothing at all to others...so we're basically alone in complaining. The best way to avoid the valley is to stay on the hill.!!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I think there are so many things to be thankful for..and no matter how grim things may be there is always some sunlight. I figured out a long time ago it doesn't matter what your problems are..attitude. If you burn your finger it doesn't matter if it is 200 or 2000 degrees it still hurts. So whatever your problems are they are huge to you. When you see someone with all the material stuff and seemingly good family and they are still unhappy about a bad hairdo..That is painful to that person..Getting a bit rambly here. But I honestly wake up everyday grateful for feeling good, good husband and paying our bills...Thanks for this thought provoking hub about gratitude..


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're like a mountain lion....you pounce so quick, no one sees you!! I'm Thankful for you too my SFAM... Bless you and the Family!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm thankful for this hub! I'm also thankful for my Effer! You are correct there is always something to be thankful for. Each and every day it's there even if we don't recognize it. If we just stop and pay attention we will take more notice and be more grateful.

Our family tradition is to share what we were MOST thankful for during the year on Thanksgiving Day. Last year mine was Keith Urban! No surprise there! Woohoo!!

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